San Diego Cancer Research Institute

About Alessandra Colfi

Alessandra Colfi holds a B.A. in Linguistics, a Master in Fine Art, and a Ph.D. in Expressive Arts Therapy. She is a Faculty and the Associate Director of the Expressive Arts Therapy Department at IUPS, a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association and The Global Alliance for Art and Health.

Her background in design & fine art is combined with extensive studies and practice of Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Psychodrama, Behavioral Science, Counseling, Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, Yoga, and Dance. Alessandra has been using the arts for their therapeutic effects for over 14 years in private, public, and clinical settings, mainly assisting individuals affected by cancer, and also victims of trauma, those suffering from PTSD, developmentally disabled adults and children, and teaching art to the general population of adults, teens and children in elementary schools.

Expressive Arts Therapist with San Diego Cancer Research Institute, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine , & California Mentor
Associate Director Expressive Arts Therapy & Faculty at International Univeristy of Professional Studies
Teaching Artist with ArtReach
Artist Co-owner at Paper Sun LightSculptures
Member Fine Arts Advisory Council at TERI
Member International Expressive Arts Therapy Association,
Global Alliance for Arts & Health , & Arts Health Network Canada
And now, Zumba Instructor!


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